Today's Trucking

Michelin applauds Alberta for allowing Super Singles

August 3, 2017 by elizabeth

LAVAL, QC – Michelin Canada is lauding the recent choice by the Alberta Government to allow wide-based single tires on provincial highways.

The North American arm of the tire company said it recognized the leadership of the Alberta Ministry of Transportation and the Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) for working together to make the new environmentally-friendly regulation possible.


AMTA super happy about super single approval

July 27, 2017 by elizabeth

CALGARY, AB. – The Government of Alberta has cleared super single tires for use throughout the province.


Alberta assistant deputy minister outlines provincial plans

May 1, 2017 by John Smith

BANFF, AB – Shaun Hammond, Alberta Transportation’s assistant deputy minister – safety policy and engineering, offered government views on a broad range of issues during the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual meeting in Banff on Friday.


Struggles in oil country

December 28, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

Low oil values have calmed prices at the pump, but they have also hit fleets and owner-operators who serve Canada’s famed oil patch. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers hosted a record-breaking sale in Edmonton this April, reselling about 10,600 pieces of equipment. That is clearly the sign of a struggling industry, especially when you consider that just 46% of the purchased equipment stayed in the province.


Changing of the Guard: Meet the newest association leads

August 19, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

Four of Canada’s trucking associations are now led by executives who have assumed their roles in the last two years. Learn who they are, where they came from, and what they plan for the rest of 2016.


New Brunswick tops Roadcheck blitz results as Alberta lags

July 15, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

OTTAWA, ON – Canada’s International Roadcheck 2016 results show that Alberta had the highest percentage of trucks placed out of service during the three-day June blitz, while New Brunswick earned top honors for the lowest percentage.

The results released by the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) reveal that, as a whole, Canada had an average of 81.2% of trucks pass inspection by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, which operated the blitz over 146 sites across Canada from June 7 – 9.

Brake system defects and brake adjustment issues accounted for 46% of out-of-service violations during the blitz, leaving much room for improvement, yet remaining in line with recent years. The special emphasis for International Roadcheck 2016 was tire safety.

In New Brunswick, 241 trucks were inspected, and 28 were placed out of service, creating an out-of-service average of just 11.6% for the blitz, the lowest in Canada.


Everything Sells: The Ritchie Bros. auction begins

July 9, 2016 John G. Smith

EDMONTON, AB – Everything sells. It’s a firm rule at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, and there is plenty on hand for the highest bidder. About 10,600 pieces of equipment will move through the company’s sprawling Edmonton complex this week, easily setting a sales record and eclipsing last April’s numbers by about 35%. Trucks dominated most of the sales on Tuesday, when close to 10,000 bidders had already registered for a piece of the action. Equipment such as cranes, rock catchers, and trailers will follow.


Alberta funds new study on twinning Crowsnest Highway

June 21, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

LETHBRIDGE, AB – Alberta is investing nearly $10,000 for an updated cost-benefit study about twinning Hwy. 3, also known as the Crowsnest Highway.


Mullen blames ‘disruptive tech’ for low oil value

May 2, 2016 by John Smith

Murray K Mullen has seen the impact of low oil prices first hand. More than 100,000 jobs, $60 billion in earnings, and $33 billion in capital investments have evaporated, much of it in Alberta. The Mullen Group itself – the largest provider of specialized transportation for Western Canada’s oil and gas industry – has laid off more than 1,400 people. Blame a disruptive technology known as horizontal hydraulic fracturing.


Cash-strapped Alberta rethinks approach to highways

May 2, 2016 by John Smith

BANFF, AB – A cash-strapped Alberta government is rethinking the way priorities are set for the province’s highway network and related maintenance – both for the short term and decades into the future.

Every proposed infrastructure project must now contribute to a “triple bottom line” that considers social, economic and environmental impacts, Alberta Transportation Assistant Deputy Minister Shaun Hammond said in a briefing during the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual convention. Decisions to twin a highway will be based on more than traffic counts alone. And “you will see more and more (environmental issues) in the next few months.”

The department is already reaching out to the association in the search for ways to reduce emissions around Red Deer, where particulates from diesel engines have played a role in creating the worst air quality in Canada. And Alberta Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason pledged earlier in the day to begin research into fuel-saving wide-base single tires “as soon as possible”.


Mason highlights transportation projects in AMTA address

May 2, 2016 by John Smith

BANFF, AB – Alberta Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Brian Mason spoke to the Alberta Motor Transport Association’s annual conference this afternoon, emphasizing investments being made in the province’s road networks.

“The global collapse in oil prices, our most vital commodity, is causing tremendous economic pain and anxiety,” he said, adding that the province’s infrastructure investments are designed to help spur economic growth. “Transportation is vital to building the Alberta economy.”


Alberta’s Matco hits 50-year milestone in moving biz

March 9, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

EDMONTON, AB – Matco Moving Solutions is celebrating 50 years of business in Canada, after starting out in 1966 with a business opportunity to provide trucking and transportation services for the region’s booming oil and gas sector.


Industry Loses Second Orlick Transport Co-Founder

January 20, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

ROCKY VIEW, AB – Max Orlick, who co-founded Orlick Transport Ltd. in the 1940s alongside his brother Tom, has died.


REPORT: New Toll Lanes Could Finance Alberta Roads

January 15, 2016 by Dave Nesseth

CALGARY, AB – Fuel taxes and licensing are covering less than 70 per cent of roadway expenses across Canada


Alberta Recognizes Military Licences for Trucking

November 11, 2015 by sehui

EDMONTON, AB — Alberta’s Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation announced his government will now begin to recognize the DND 404 military driver’s permit.

This allows for the awarding of the civilian equivalent commercial licence to serving and recently retired vets who had a valid DND 404 within the qualifying timeframe.

Until now, such military driving qualifications were not transferable into a commercial licence despite the fact that many serving and retired veterans have already acquired the needed driver training, qualifications and experience in the Canadian Armed Forces to drive heavy military vehicles on Canadian roads and abroad.